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[H] Enthusiast Archives: March 2007Archive Listing

Friday March 23, 2007

More AMD Price Cuts Coming?

Analysts are saying that AMD may cut prices 30% – 35% on average on April 9th because inventory levels of 90nm parts remains high even after recent price cuts.

With Chartered recently confirming that 65nm production for AMD processors is expected to begin soon, the conversation quickly turned to future plans for 45nm production, though perhaps the focus should have been on 90nm production, where AMD is reportedly suffering from persistent inventory and planning further price cuts.


Shutdown Day Is Tomorrow

Can you cope without a computer all day? Well, tomorrow is Shutdown Day, some kind of experiment to see if you could go without a PC for a day. For those of you that can’t…we’ll see you here tomorrow. wink

Be a part of one of the biggest global experiments ever to take place on the internet. The idea behind the experiment is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate!


Thursday March 22, 2007

Gigabyte & ASUS Call Off Joint Venture

HKEPC is reporting that Gigabyte and ASUS have called off the joint venture to produce motherboards and video cards the companies had announced late last year.

A spokesman of GIGABYTE said a resolution of the board of directors was passed on the Mar 22 to call off the plan of forming joint venture. It’s explained the confusion of clients and suppliers, together with the changes of both internal and external factors has lead to this hard decision. In the present environment, the necessity of forming joint venture is no longer as strong as expected, and thus suspension is the best solution for both shareholders, said GIGABYTE’s spokesman.


Wednesday March 21, 2007

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. next gen ATI GPU Model Leak?

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was just released on the shelves today, finally, after long delays; we are able to play the retail game. We picked up S.T.A.L.K.E.R. today, and as we usually do to learn all that we can about a game we are planning on using in our video card testing suite, we checked out the included ReadMe.TXT file after installing the game. Inside the ReadMe file includes the System Requirements listing the “Minimum”, “Recommended” and “High” requirements suggested. What caught our eye was a little something posted under the “High System Requirements.”

512 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible card / nVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 / ATI Radeon® X2800

Could it be? Could S.T.A.L.K.E.R. just have told us what ATI is planning to name their next generation series of video cards? Also of importance is this little blurb:

Dual Core and Performance - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl should utilize your dual and quad core processor natively and automatically. Running a dual or quad core processor is one of the best ways to improve performance.

It seems we have another game besides Supreme Commander that supports multi-core CPUs out of the box.

Hypersonic Phantom Disappearing Value

Hypersonic takes a couple steps backwards with their SFF Phantom. Discuss.

Radeon R600XTX Pictures & Benchmarks?

VR-Zone has posted more R600XTX pictures, specs and performance numbers.

Just a recap of what we have told you before, R600XTX retail card is codenamed Dragonhead 2. It is a 12-layer card at 9.5" long with a max TDP of 240W. It is clocked at 800MHz on 80nm process technology, 512-bit memory interface and has 1GB GDDR4 memories onboard. It has 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe connectors but two 2x3 PCIe power can be used.


Micron Opens New Facility In China

According to this DigiTimes news item, Micron has officially announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in China.

Micron hosted a ceremony at the facility with company, government and community officials on hand. The facility is expected to be built-out by the end of 2008 at an investment of US$250 million and support up to 2,000 employees. The plant is Micron's second assembly and test facility in Asia, with its first being opened in Singapore in 1998.


Tuesday March 20, 2007

New [H] Enthusiast Reads

MSI super-overclocks their 7900 GS and ASUS puts another great AMD motherboard into the marketplace.


[H] Enthusiast has posted their thoughts on the MSI NX7900GS 512MB OC today. If you need a factory overclocked video card that costs less than $200, this might be the card you are looking for.

The MSI NX7900GS 512 MB OC is a factory overclocked video card. The memory is clocked at 1.4 GHz DDR, or 700 MHz actual. That is 80 MHz faster than the NVIDIA memory speed specification. The GPU is clocked at 550 MHz, which is 100 MHz faster than the NVIDIA reference speed.

ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium

If you missed our evaluation of the ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium this weekend, I highly recommend you head over now and check it out because this board sounds like a winner.

It looks to me like ASUS has another award winning board on their hands with the M2N32-SLI Premium. The board layout is flawlessly implemented, with no real problem spots anywhere. The BIOS has more configuration features than even I know what to do with, giving you more than enough control for a superb overclock.

Monday March 19, 2007

Data Centers Breathe Easier With Less Oxygen

Here is a good idea, using oxygen-deprivation systems for your data center to reduce the risk of fire. I know what a lot of you are thinking right now and the answer is “No, you cannot use this on annoying co-workers”…well, unless there was a whole room full of them.

Wagner makes electric compressors that use a special membrane to remove some of the oxygen from the outside air, a system the company calls OxyReduct. The excess oxygen is exhausted, and the remaining nitrogen-rich air is pumped inside the data center.


ATi’s Phil Rogers Interviewed

There is an interesting interview with ATi’s Phil Rogers posted today that covers a wide variety of topics. Rogers, the lead software architect in charge of R600 driver development, says that eventually the Catalyst Control Center will not only control GPU functions but chipset and CPU as well.

Longer term our goal is continue to improve the user experience and to move towards a single or central user interface where AMD customers can configure the majority of AMD product settings. Yes it is our goal and vision to eventually have a single UI for all AMD products (graphics, CPU, chipset), but this is of course a major project, and it will be quite some time before we're able to release such a product.